How Safe is Bottled Water?

In order to provide consumers with the facts about the regulation and safety of bottled water and tap water, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)’s consumer website,, today released a new, two-and a half minute YouTube video, entitled “How Safe is Bottled Water?” which highlights the key similarities and differences between bottled water and tap water regulations.

“We are hearing misinformation about the regulation and safety of bottled water and we produced this video to set the record straight,” said Tom Lauria, IBWA’s Vice President of Communications. “Activists want you to think that bottled water is not as regulated as tap water, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, bottled water is one of the most stringently regulated of all foods and beverages on U.S. shelves.”

In the “How Safe is Bottled Water?” video, a well-informed teenager checks the facts out for herself and then spells out the similarities and differences between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s bottled water regulations and the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations for tap water. By law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must be as protective of public health as tap water standards. This teenager concludes by directing people to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website where people will see that tap water is responsible for millions of waterborne illnesses, while bottled water is responsible for none.

Bottled water is a safe, healthy and convenient food product that is comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And the IBWA has a Code of Practice that in some cases is even stricter than the FDA’s regulations for bottled water or EPA’s standards for tap water.

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